Join the Virtual SITLA Board meeting
this Thursday, August 13, 2020 @ 10 am.
Remember SITLA? They control Utah School Trust Lands therefore including leases for waste disposal, fracking, grazing, mining and strip mines for coal and oil. Recently SITLA claimed limited interest in Solar Power applications. Is this changing?
Listen, Watch, and Make a Comment on ZOOM.
SITLA will hold a monthly board meeting on Thursday August 13 at 10 am.
See the agenda here with instructions.
Public comment is encouraged and occurs at the beginning of the meeting
You can register now or by 9:50 am Thursday if possible.
You can also submit a written comment.
UTSR filed a lawsuit against SITLA
UTSR fought for public accountability and transparency from SITLA. By filing a lawsuit against the SITLA Board and Exec. Director David Ure for their lack of transparency and accountability.
Here is how it happened. In January 2018 SITLA (School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration), held a Board Meeting and Retreat where they mistakenly handed me a Confidential Agenda. Most importantly, the SITLA Board’s use of a confidential agenda was a serious violation of the Utah Open Public Meetings act (OPMA). Therefore, after hours of research, talking to attorneys and help from many sources, I sued SITLA myself and on behalf of Utah Tar sands Resistance for the OPMA violation. See the lawsuit here: Cordray vs SITLA
SITLA acknowledged mistakes and makes some improvements
In the year since I have met with attorneys for SITLA several times and sought many improvements to SITLA’s public meeting process. As a result of this lawsuit SITLA has corrected earlier mistakes and is proposing a settlement agreement for SITLA to follow and exceed OPMA requirements. We are currently continuing to negotiate an agreement with SITLA to settle this lawsuit.
We have had a lot of movement and improvement on virtual meetings. For instance SITLA agreed to make all board members visible on the screen at the same time (gallery view). Also they now allow live public comment during the meeting including verbatim reading of written comments into the record by SITLA staff. Other areas of focus have been the requirements for specificity of the agenda and proper public notice as well as applying the specificity to the closed meeting topics on public agendas.
I hope you will join me this Thursday, August 13, 2020 @ 10 am for the Virtual SITLA Board meeting. You can register now or by 9:50 am Thursday if possible.